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Van Zandt County, Crime Reports (2011)
Total Violent Crime:78
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:0
Forcible Rape:0
Aggravated Assault:75
Total Property Crime:813
Larceny Theft:397
Motor Vehicle Theft:64
Van Zandt County, Census Data
Information About People and Demographics
Total population of persons residing within the County in 2010 52,579
Estimate of the County's total residency as of April 1, 200048,140
Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 20109%
Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 20104,439
April 1, 2000 complete count of Countywide resident population48,140
Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age3,188
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age6%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age12,220
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age 24%
July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older18%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older9,186
July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents51%
County's white resident population recorded in 201047,784
County's black resident population recorded in 20101,427
County's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 2010457
County's Asian resident population recorded in 2010171
County's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 201033
Countywide 2010 resident population of two or more races966
Countywide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin4,847
Non Hispanic white resident population in 201045,087
Countywide percentage of white residents in 201091%
Countywide percentage of black residents in 20103%
Countywide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 20101%
Countywide percentage of Asian residents in 20100%
Countywide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 20100%
Countywide percentage of Two or more races in 20102%
Countywide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 20109%
Countywide percentage of non Hispanic white in 201086%

Vital Statistics

Births and deaths occurring in Van Zandt County
Births 2007642
Deaths 2007656
Infant death occurring within the County of persons one year of age or less in 20077
Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 200984

Resident Background Information

Education and background history of Van Zandt County Residents
Percentage of foreign born population in the County from 2005 to 20094%
Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 20099%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 200977%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 200913%
Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 20095,140

Current Housing and Real Estate Data

Households located in Van Zandt County
Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-200935
Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 200922,229
Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 20091,333
Housing unit estimates - percent change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 20096%
Percentage of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 78%
Median value of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 $91,400
Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 20094%
Total number of households between 2005-200919,192
Average size of households between 2005-20093

Van Zandt County Employment Data

Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the County
Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 $21,111
2009 Countywide income of median households in Van Zandt County$41,893
Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 200915%
The personal income of persons employed in 2007$1,636
Per capita income of persons employed in 2007$31,585
Labor force of civilian workers in 200926,290
The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 20091,840
The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 7
Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 19,099
Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 2,581
People employed by the government in 2007 2,463
Earnings by persons working in all industries in 2007459,948
Average earnings per job in all industries in 200724,082
Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 817
The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 7,335
Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008 6%
Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS 4,136
Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 200732,941

People and Businesses

Firms and companies of Van Zandt County
Total number of firms located in the County for the year 20074,434
Total percentage of black owned private firms in 20070%
Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 0%
Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 200725%
Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 119,886
Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 200750,115
Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 410,538
Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 7,915

Land Valuation

Property value and Van Zandt County territory
2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 23
The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 1,654
Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms415,983
Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year331,315
Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year6,347
Size in square miles of land as of 2000849
Population per square mile in the year 201062
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5 ETX cities will have alcohol on the May ballot
Alcohol is once again making it's way on the ballot now for five different cities. Three in Van Zandt County, Canton, Van, Grand Saline and also in the cities of Gilmer and Quitman. Promote to Mobile 0 read more
Happening April 11 2014 - Source:

Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood to speak at 2014 Kaufman County Aggie Muster
KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas – Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood will serve as the 2014 Kaufman County Aggie Muster speaker, according to Kaufman County Aggies Muster Chair Lucas Janda. {loadposition adinsert} “Aggie Muster is one of Texas A&M’s most revered traditions,” said Janda. “Muster honors the memory of A&M men and women whose death prevents them from answering Roll Call at this year’s Muster.” The Aggie Muster will be held on April 19, 2014, at the Forney High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. “We welcome all former and current students, families, and friends as well as members of the community to join us,” said Janda. Admission to the Muster is $15 per person, under 12 are free, and dinner is provided by 4T's BBQ of Forney. This year's Muster will honor: Mr. William Buford ’36 of Kaufman County Mr. Robert Womack ’45 of Kaufman County Dr. Lanse Fox ’08 of Kaufman County Mr. James “Frank” Stuart Jr. ’51 of Van Zandt County Mr. Afton “Buddy” Johnson Jr. ’66 of Van Zandt County Mr. Oscar Brown ’49 of Van Zandt County Mr. James Adams ’62 of Van Zandt County “The Kaufman County Aggies are honored to have Judge Bruce Wood as the featured speaker,” said Janda.View Larger Map
Happening April 10 2014 - Source:

ETX man charged with double murder gets life in prison
A Van Zandt County man accused of a 2012 double murder pled guilty to those charges Thursday. Promote to Mobile 0 read more
Happening April 04 2014 - Source:

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Happening March 26 2014 - Source:

Queen Bee In Summation (Llano County History)
Close up photo of Ross Arnold, the son of L.V. Arnold who died when he fell out of his airplane cockpit during a test endurance flight over Des Moines, Iowa in 1929.By Karylon Hallmark RussellIn January, 1925, Levi V. (Lee) Arnold, who grew up as a child in Llano County, Texas on the Colorado River south of Old Bluffton, completed his personal memoirs, mostly about his early life prior to 1900. It seemed to be his intent to share with readers what it was like to be raised on the Texas frontier during tumultuous years that were plagued by Indian hostilities and rampant outlaws. The coming of the trail driving days opened the door for him and many other young men to test their skills as cowboys capable of driving large herds of cattle to far places in other states or Old Mexico. As the Nineteenth Century came to an end, Lee was forced to accept with mixed emotions the many technological changes that had come about. The old ways of life he had known were quickly fading away as a new, more progressive era was emerging. Most likely it was these sudden fast paced advancements that caused him to nostalgically reflect on the “good old days” he knew so well and had come to miss. Lee and his sister attended school at Old Bluffton, which was about four miles from the family home, but consistent or advanced education wasn’t available for school age children in Llano County at that time. The Indian situation made it difficult for children to attend school regularly for fear they may be killed or captured going to and from the school house. The Texas frontier certainly didn’t offer higher education, although after Lee became an adult, a college did open in nearby Cherokee. The 1940 Census shows Mr. Arnold had the equivalent of a fourth grade education. When you think of his memoirs with that in mind, he actually did a better job penning his thoughts than one might suspect. Knowing this makes it easier to accept misspelled words, improper grammar usage, and poor organizational skills. Run-on or incomplete sentences become more tolerable, as do lacking time references and geographical miscues. It would have been better, however, if he had included more names, dates, and specific locations for the events he described. Unfortunately, much of what he wrote lacked clarity, which hindered accurate understanding, leaving many unanswered questions. A lot of what can be learned must be done so by reading between the lines. In truth, the most revealing information he gives does not come from what he intended to share. In telling his story, he allows the reader to gain tremendous insight to what LIFE ON THE TEXAS FRONTIER was really like between 1867 and around 1890. This is accomplished by Levi V. Arnold without his ever realizing what he has actually done. THIS is his greatest contribution! It was difficult to decide whether or not to share with readers the COMPLETE version of QUEEN BEE, mainly because very little of the last part had a connection to Llano County. However, since there is thus far nowhere to go to view a copy of the book in its entirety, I felt it a shame not to make his writing available to the general public. As stated before, I have never personally seen an original copy of the memoir, and my copy is only a zeroxed copy of a zeroxed copy. I have talked with older relatives in my family, all now deceased, who had seen an original copy, but I haven’t found anyone who has a copy. I have been told a copy exists in the S.M.U. archives, but I have not attempted to locate it. Mr. Arnold was interviewed by author, Joseph Carroll McConnell about various Indian atrocities in Texas to include in his book, WEST TEXAS FRONTIER. McConnell states that Levi wrote still another book/booklet entitled, “L.V.” but I don’t know anyone who has ever seen or even heard of that writing. In summation, it would be appropriate to give a brief biographical sketch of the life of Levi V. Arnold that includes pre and post time he lived in Llano County: Levi Vinyard (Lee) Arnold was born February 12, 1864 in Hill County Texas to Levi V. (believed Valentine) and Lucinda Null Arnold. He was their youngest child. Siblings included William Richard (Rich) Arnold (1843-1886); Mary Elizabeth (1847-1878); Asa (1849-1932); Daniel W. (ca. 1853-1870); Grundy Gaines (1856-1934); Francis Marion (Frank), 1858-1878; and Margaret Ann (Mag/Maggie), 1861-1944. Two other siblings died young while the family lived in Van Zandt County, Texas: Permela Jane 1845-1851 and John A. 1851-1851. When the Civil War broke out, the Arnolds lived in Hill County, Texas. Lee’s father and oldest brother enlisted in the 19th Texas Cavalry, Co. D, Parson’s Brigade, and went off in the same unit to participate in the Trans-Mississippi campaign. In December, 1863, Rich Arnold took sick and could not travel with his unit, even though Union troops were advancing upon them in Dallas County, Arkansas. The father refused to leave the son, so both men were captured and taken POW at the same time. Both ended up in captivity at Camp Douglas, IL. Lee’s father did not survive; he died November 5, 1864, while prisoner. Rich made it through imprisonment and returned to his family after the war. Lee never saw his father. Sometime in 1867, Lucinda and her children relocated on the Colorado River four miles south of Old Bluffton in Llano County near other members of the combined Arnold-Shults families. Lee was around four years old. Levi V. Arnold grew up during a hectic time in Llano County’s history. The worst atrocities brought upon area citizens by the Indians occurred between 1868 and 1870 and did not cease until 1873. These turbulent times, however, were quickly replaced by the Outlaw Era, which peaked around 1875. Outlaws and cattle rustlers crossed the Colorado just a few miles from the Arnold home on a regular basis and hung around the stores and saloons in the newly established community. Lee would have personally known some of them, who had strong ties to some of the Hoo Doo War’s major players. An aunt of Levi’s, Agnes Jane Arnold, was the wife of Joseph Greaves Olney (alias Joe Hill), who was a close friend of Johnny Ringo. Other cousins were also connected to the feud. Further tragedy struck the Arnold family in the summer of 1870 when Lee’s seventeen year old brother Dan was killed by Indians while working cattle for the Richard Coffey outfit in the Coleman-Concho County area. This was Lucinda’s third child to die at a young age; she never got over it. She died in 1874, meaning Lee was only around ten years old when he became an orphan. It is assumed his older brothers cared for him, and of course, his spinster older sister, Elizabeth. But in December 1878, she also died, along with another sibling, Frank Arnold. Both succumbed within two weeks of each other, probably from a contagious disease. By 1880, Lee lived in the home of his now married youngest sister, Margaret and Arthur A. Atkison. It was at this point in Lee’s life that he began his first trail drives. Before leaving on one of these ventures, he was asked to keep an eye out for a childhood friend of his who had been captured by the Indians when she was seven years old as he came through the Indian reservations on his way home from the trail drive. He agreed to do this, and he was successful in locating seventeen year old Annie Victoria McDonald, whose Indian name was Queen Bee. He returned Annie to her family. But, he had also fallen in love with her. The two were married in July, 1881, taking out a marriage license in Burnet County. The ceremony, however, may have taken place in Llano County, because the minister officiating was the Baptist pastor at Old Bluffton at the time. At first they lived on the Arnold ranch. After Annie’s family successfully located a hidden Spanish silver mine based on a map her Indian family had given her when she left the reservation, the couple eventually parted and went their separate ways. No record of divorce has been found, but by 1884, Annie had married Johnny Independence Leinnenweber of Blanco County, Texas. Lee remained unmarried and spent most of his time the next few years on cattle drives, both to New Mexico and Old Mexico. By then, his brother, Rich, had moved to Junction City in Kimble County to operate a general merchandise store. Lee joined him there, working in the store. He was also employed as a deputy sheriff for a while before signing on for one more cattle drive—this time to Old Mexico. His next move was to the Mineral Wells area of Palo Pinto County, where his sister Margaret also lived. It was here around 1889 that he met his wife, Lucy R. White. The couple had three sons by 1900 (David Grundy, Amon Alson, and Ross), with a fourth son (Joseph Gene) born in 1902. The tragic stories regarding the deaths of his sons, Dave and Ross, from early airplane accidents in 1926 and 1929 have already been discussed. . The last place Levi lived was in Fort Worth, where he became a policeman for the Fort Worth Stockyard, a job he held for many years. He and Lucy divorced. When he wrote his memoirs in January, 1925, he was no longer married. However, cousins of his living in San Angelo at the time had a copy of his memoirs and shared them with Annie Victoria Leinnenweber, who was now a widow and also lived in San Angelo. Upon seeing his memoir, she contacted him, and the two childhood friends and young sweethearts reunited and rekindled their relationship. The couple remarried July 23, 1935 in San Angelo and returned to Fort Worth to live. But, the union was not to be. Once again, they divorced, and she returned to San Angelo near her children. Lee remained in Fort Worth, living with his youngest son, Joe, on Bledsoe Street. Not much is known about Levi V. Arnold in his last years, other than he died October 23, 1942 in Fort Worth. His death certificate states his body was sent to Mineral Wells for burial, but no specifics are given. It is assumed he was buried near his sons in the Elmwood Cemetery, but if so, his grave is no longer marked. Annie Victoria McDonald Arnold Leinnenweber became one of the last Indian captives in Texas to die. She died June 1, 1945 in San Angelo and is buried in the Fairmount Cemetery next to her Leinnenweber husband. SOURCES: Arnod-Leinnenweber family history; death certificates of Levi V. Arnold, David Grundy Arnold, and Annie Leinnenweber; Burnet Co. marriage records; wedding information from SAN ANGELO STANDARD TIMES, 1935; cemetery records San Angelo and Mineral Wells; Read Article.2 photos attached to this article.More from Llano County History.
Happening March 21 2014 - Source:

Police seize $3K in drugs, guns, stolen puppy
The Kaufman Police Department in cooperation with Van Zandt County authorities arrested a Kaufman man Feb. 21 and seized about $3,000 in stolen goods, including a puppy
Happening February 27 2014 - Source:

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Five ETX cities to hold alcohol elections
Five more cities have wet-dry elections coming up in the May election. Gilmer, Quitman, Canton, Van and Grand Saline want to join the growing list of cities selling alcohol.
April 11 2014 - Source:

Veteran exhibitor
The year 2014 will mark the 54th Annual Henderson County Livestock Show. The show dates have been set for April 7 through April 12. Kade Graham will be just one of the students showing his animals at the show.
April 02 2014 - Source:

Van Zandt Co. citizens invited to become associate members of sheriff's association of Texas
Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray today announced that Van Zandt County citizens are being invited to become associate members of the Sheriff's Association of Texas.
March 14 2014 - Source:

Criminal mischief in Van Zandt County
Van Zandt Precinct 2 Constable C.B. Wiley said his office took a criminal complaint on felony criminal mischief of damage to private property at the Elm Grove Church in the southwest part of Van Zandt County.
February 25 2014 - Source:

Investigation into illegal landfill leads to discovery of pipe bomb, meth
An investigation into an illegal landfill led Van Zandt County authorities to the discovery of a device believed to be a pipe bomb.
February 14 2014 - Source:

ETX man dies after trying to steal Van Zandt County man's vehicle
The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in combating a crime problem in the rural area of the county. Promote to Mobile 0 read more
January 21 2014 - Source:


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